Dance Music PodcastsDecember 04, 2014


“A Jazzy Nutcracker” is Lustig Dance Theatre‘s new take on the beloved classic, performed with a six-piece jazz band and guest appearances from high school marching bands. Choreographer Graham Lustig talks with producer Susan Wallner about growing up in London in  the 1960s and how it inspired his production, with the Nutcracker re-imagined as the Boy Next Door.  LDT performs December 6 at SOPAC and December 12 & 13 at Monroe Performing Arts Center.

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Susan Wallner
Susan Wallner

Susan Wallner is an award-winning producer and writer. She recently completed You'll Have the Sky: The Life and Work of Anne Morrow Lindbergh about the writer and aviator, narrated by Judith Light and Lily Rabe. She co-produced Ode to Joy, a performance special now airing on PBS. Her national documentaries include Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice, Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of an Artist, and Michael Graves: The Warehouse. Susan is a principal at PCK Media, where she produces the award-winning weekly public television series State of the Arts as well as a wide range of other projects. Recent highlights include a history series produced for New Jersey’s 350th birthday, It Happened Here: New Jersey, and advocacy videos for the statewide campaign, “Pre-K Our Way.” Susan has an MA from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication, and a BA from New College of Florida. She also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her awards include 13 regional Emmys, four CINE Golden Eagles, two NETA Awards, a Worldfest Houston Gold Special Jury Award, and a Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts Fellowship.

  • LisaLPat

    I LOVED this production! It is the freshest, most original performance you can possibly see this holiday season. It’s a surprise-a-minute, combined with amazing dance and unbridled creativity. Don’t miss it!!!